Who are the Half Century Trojans?

Half Century Trojans are a vibrant community that includes all USC alumni (including bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral and professional degree alumni) who earned a bachelor’s degree from any college or university at least 50 years ago. As caretakers of USC history and tradition, Half Century Trojans are uniquely positioned to promote the Trojan Spirit and to strengthen the bonds that connect USC alumni across generations.

The organization offers all senior USC alumni a variety of programs designed to stimulate university-related interest, participation and engagement. Annual signature events include Going Back to College Day in the winter and the Half Century Trojans Luncheon in the fall.

Hall of Fame Luncheon 2019

On November 13, the USC Alumni Association recognized five remarkable individuals, each of whom exemplify the ideals of the Trojan Family and who have had a significant impact on the fields of business, medicine, architecture and art, respectively. We also presented the Distinguished Service Award to a dedicated Half Century Trojans board member Jim Childs ’61.

Please enjoy the event photos here.  Thank you for attending and showing your support.

2019 Hall of Fame Honorees

Byron “Red” Cavaney  ’64

Retired and Immediate Past Chairman, Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation

John House ’64, MD ’67

President of the House Research Institute and Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Otolaryngology at the Keck School of Medicine at USC

 

David C. Martin ’66

Design Principal of Los Angeles-based firm A.C. Martin Partners

 

Faith Zink Porter ’64, MA ’66

Member, USC School of Fine Arts Board of Councilors

2019 Distinguished Service Award

 

Jim Childs ’61

Past President, Half Century Trojans

Thank you to all of our 2019 Sponsors for their incredible support!

 

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Half Century Trojans Going Back to College Day

On February 6, 2020, exemplary members of the Half Century Trojans will be welcomed back to college by the USC Alumni Association. These alumni, who graduated 50 or more years ago, will enjoy a day on campus reconnecting with former classmates and experiencing the exciting USC of today. Attendees will hear from transformative faculty and key administrators while reminiscing with old friends and upholding the university traditions and ideals that form the Trojan Family.

Check out our USCAA Flickr page to view photos from the 2019 Going Back to College Day.

Half Century Trojans Commencement Procession

On May 15, 2020, the Half Century Trojans will proudly march in the academic procession for the University of Southern California’s 137th Commencement.

Check out our USCAA Flickr page to view photos from the 2019 Commencement Procession.

The Half Century Trojan Scholarship Program

A merit-based scholarship, the Half Century Trojans Endowed Scholarship is awarded to undergraduate students who are direct descendants of Half Century Trojans. Your gift will help ensure that a USC education remains within reach for the children and grandchildren of alumni who want to make USC a family tradition. Currently 20 $10,000 scholarships are awarded annually.

Contact the USC Dornsife Office of Advancement by calling (213) 740-4990 or visit dornsife.usc.edu/giving to make a donation.

Applicants

The scholarship is open to continuing undergraduate students who are direct descendants of Half Century Trojans. These scholarships can be renewed for the remainder of the recipient’s undergraduate career at USC, based on continued strong academic performance. Scholarship recipients must meet the academic standards adopted by the Half Century Trojans Board of Directors. Scholarship recipients may pursue any academic major in any USC school.

To learn more about the application process, email tanyamor@usc.edu or hctrojans@usc.edu or call 213.740.2300 for more information.

 

The Selection Process

Selected applicants are invited to interview with the Half Century Trojans Selection Committee. Applicants should provide evidence of academic achievement, leadership, participation in extracurricular activities, work experience and a commitment to community service.

 

Contribute

Support for the Half Century Trojans Endowed Scholarship Fund can be provided in a variety of forms, including cash, appreciated securities, real estate or other assets. Contributions can also be made through wills, living trusts, charitable gift annuities, or any combination of these devices. Whatever its structure, each gift to the scholarship fund benefits talented students at USC.

To make a gift directly online, please see below Give Now button:

Giving Website

If send contribution via check, please complete and mail  this form  along with a check made out to the USC Half Century Trojan Scholarship, to the following address:

USC Half Century Trojans Scholarship Fund
Epstein Family Alumni Center
3607 Trousdale Parkway, TCC 305
Los Angeles, CA 90089-3106

 

Words of Appreciation

“I am entering my sophomore year as a Dornsife student majoring in Narrative Studies. I’m ecstatic to embark on my second year as a member of both the Trojan Marching Band and the Alpha Delta Pi sorority. I am extremely proud to follow in the footsteps of my grandfather (USC Class of ’49), and I am so humbled by the support of the Half Century Trojans who not only celebrate my family’s Trojan past, but are actively nurturing my future.”
—Jordan Evans, Class of 2022 (Dornsife)

“I am a junior majoring in business administration with emphasis in real estate finance. I am directly connected to USC through my great-grandmother, Thelma Estes Brown, as well as indirectly through my parents who are diehard Trojans and always took me to USC football games growing up. The HCT Scholarship means an incredible amount to me, and I fully intend to pay it forward! The HCT Scholarship will help to alleviate some of the financial burden on my family and allow me to better pursue my many passions, for which I am extremely grateful.”
—Grant Uberstine, Class of 2021 (Marshall)

“I am a junior majoring in neuroscience and minoring in music studies in classical piano. Since joining the Trojan Family, I have formed a student volunteer organization called Medicinal Music Makers. The organization’s goal is to perform and 3D-print musical instruments for its patients, their families and hospital staff. I sincerely appreciate the financial support and recognition of the HCT Scholarship toward my goal to attend medical school and become a doctor.”
—Valerie Narumi, Class of 2021 (Dornsife)

“I am a junior majoring in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention and also currently working towards a Master’s Degree in Global Medicine. I come from a long line of Trojans—my great-grandfather graduated from USC in 1923; both of my grandparents met at USC and graduated in 1951; and I have two uncles who graduated from USC in the ’70s. As a transfer student, I am incredibly humbled and grateful to have been chosen for the HCT Scholarship, and I feel so lucky to be at such an amazing institution which has quickly grown to be my home.”
—Marissa Anderson, Class of 2021 (Keck)

“I am a junior studying business and economics at USC. My Trojan connection is through my grandfather, Edward “Ted” May, who received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from USC in 1955, as well as his master’s degree in science and engineering in 1967. The HCT Scholarship has truly helped create a ‘Trojan Family,’ as my earning it has allowed my parents to afford sending my younger sister to USC as well—she is beginning her Trojan journey this fall.”
—Nick Basch, Class of 2021 (Marshall)

Board

Executive Committee Officers
Robert A. Frinier ’63, MBA ’69, President
Janet Harris Tonkovich ’64, President-Elect
Alli Lockwood Solum ’59, Past-President
Patricia “Patti” Chan Poon ’65, Recording Secretary
Trish Foley Vick ’67, Corresponding Secretary

Executive Committee Chairs
Jay Vari Berger ’66, Ambassador Communication
Neil B. Martin ’64, Bylaws and Policy
Robert Padgett MD ’67, History Committee
Hugh Helm ’62, Scholarship Committee
Robert Brockmeier ’63, Signature Events
Sally Jobgen Edwards ’65, Special Events Committee
Alli Lockwood Solum ’59, Nominations Committee
Trish Foley Vick ’67,  Awards Committee

Directors
Paul Alwine ’62
Sara Jane Philippi Bettge ’66
Dee Dee Moffat Freeman Brewer ’61
Karen Mazepink Davison ’68
Sharon Monahan DeBriere ’55
Candy Allen Duncan ’52
Sally Jobgen Edwards ’65
Sue Masi Femino ’61
Miller Fong ’64
Donald K. Garner ’66
Karen Weston Hackett ’68
Tommy Kuenster ’57
Violet Albarian Lorenzen ’51
Jim Manos ’54
Mary Kotsikos Manos ’58
Katherine Mosley Moore ’55
Bob Padgett ’67
Wilma Pinder ’62
Derald Sidler ’67
Charla Tindall ’67
Marilyn McLarnan Thomas ’63
Joan Proulx Torribio ’64
Doug Yarrow ’68
Candy Yee ’68

Past Presidents
Daniel Cassidy ’59
Jim Childs ’61
Jim Maddux ’56
Abe Somer ’59, JD ’62

Presidents Emeriti
Former Half Century Trojan presidents who faithfully served our alumni group for more than five years after their presidential tenure.
Dann V. Angeloff ’58
Jea Morf Baran ’48
Seymour Canter ’55
Edsel Curry ’48
Janet Ewart Eddy ’53
Jim Eddy ’52
Millie Carmen Farnsworth ’46
Terry Pearson ’53
Lorna Young Reed ’58
Albert D. Shonk ’54

University Advisor 
Tanya Moran
Associate Director, Generational Programs
USC Alumni Association

How do I get involved?

There is no formal registration process to become a Half Century Trojan. All USC-degreed alumni automatically become Half Century Trojans once they reach the 50-year anniversary of receiving their undergraduate degree. For more information on becoming involved with Half Century Trojans, please contact the USC Alumni Association at (213) 740-2300 or e-mail.

 

Can I contribute to Scholarships?

Half Century Trojans strengthen the university’s legacy by sponsoring the Half Century Trojans Scholarship Program, which annually confers scholarships of $10,000 each to a number of direct descendants of Half Century Trojans. The scholarships, open only to continuing USC students, are awarded based on academic achievement, leadership potential and community service. For more information, please contact the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts & Sciences at (213) 740-5930 or click here.

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Important Dates:

*Dates and events are subject to change

Hall of Fame Luncheon
Wednesday, November 13, 2019
University Park Campus

Men’s Basketball
Sunday, December 15, 2019
Galen Center

OC Speakers Event
Wednesday, January 15, 2020
USC Orange County Center

Thornton Group Trip
Thursday, January 30, 2020
Disney Concert Hall

Going Back to College Day
Thursday, February 6, 2020
University Park Campus

Day of SCervice
Saturday, March 14, 2020
Keck Norris

Spring Musical with USC School of Dramatic Arts
Sunday, April 5, 2020
Bing Theatre

87th Annual USC Alumni Awards
Saturday, April 25, 2020
InterContinental Hotel

USC Day of SCupport
Monday, May 4, 2020
Online

Half Century Trojans Reception and Commencement Procession
Friday, May 15, 2020
Widney Alumni House and Alumni Park